The pantry has been operating at St. Mary’s the Virgin Episcopal Church for many years, a location inadequate to serve its current and future clients.
Recognizing the need to improve upon the inadequate space at its current location ten years ago we undertook the New Building project. And now a decade later we have realized the dream and the pantry will now be able to address clients with increased confidentiality through private office space, expand its refrigeration and freezer capabilities and add public restrooms and a space for donated clothing.
The new facility will also allow the pantry to enlarge its volunteer base. The new 2403 square foot O.O. John Reed Community Center will house numerous programs sponsored by the Ministerium.
The KMFP will manage the Community Center through generous donations and support from nine local churches that have already collected over $208,000 toward construction costs in private funds since the project began in 2005. In 2011 the County approved a Community Development Block Grant for $134,375 in matching funds to be used towards the construction. The Community Church has provided the land for the Center for $1 per year lease to the KMFP. Engineering, Architects and legal services were provided pro bono. Many volunteers will be on hand to assist with construction of the facility.
Food Donations – continue to come in everyday and we are truly grateful for everything we receive. We are so lucky to have people that know us and know that we do all that we can to make sure no man, woman or child goes hungry. Visit our How You Can Help section of our website for a printable list of items that are always needed. If you have specific questions about food donations please contact Associate Director Sherry Hill during our hours of operation.